Book Review: Hopewell Ceremonial Landscapes of Ohio

Hopewell Ceremonial Landscapes of Ohio: More than Mounds and Geometric Earthworks By Mark J. Lynott (Oxbow Books, 2015; 288 pgs., illus., $32 paper; www.amazon.com) When Europeans first encountered the great earthen mounds and geometric earthworks of southern...
The excavation of La Belle took place inside a steel cofferdam with the seawater removed.

Vive La Belle: Reconstructing La Salle’s Ship

Spring 2015: Vive La Belle, By Elizabeth Lunday. In the spring of 1684, a team labored to assemble a ship in the port town of Rochefort in southwest France. They fastened timbers using iron bolts and...

Book Review- Medieval Mississippians: The Cahokia World

Medieval Mississippians: The Cahokia World Edited by Timothy R. Pauketat and Susan M. Alt (SAR Press, 2015; 169 pgs., illus. $60 cloth, $25 paper; www.sarpress.org)   This collection of 17 essays by 28 archaeologists and Native Americans explores...
Pueblo Bonito is Chaco Canyon’s largest great house. A number of macaws, which are thought to have been imported from Mesoamerica by Chaco’s upper class, were found here. Credit: Chaz Evans.

Chaco’s Upper Class

2015: By Charles C. Poling. Chaco Canyon has puzzled and intrigued archaeologists for almost 120 years. Despite the abundance of archaeological remains, scholars know relatively little about the people who lived there, including when they...
A self portrait of Josiah Francis wearing a British officer’s uniform. The portrait was drawn in England in 1816, where Francis was living at the time. He later returned to the United States and was captured and executed by Gen. Andrew Jackson in 1818. Copyright The Trustees of the British Museum.

The Story Of Holy Ground: Investigating A Legendary Battle Site

Summer 2016: By Mike Toner. The newly exposed outline of a small cabin and the fire-hardened clay of a 200-year-old hearth bear mute testimony to what was, for a brief moment in time, the holy...
A drone captured its own shadow while photographing a large petroglyph boulder in northeast Arizona. Credit: Rupestrian CyberServices

Here Come The Drones

Fall 2015: By David Malakoff. When Mike Searcy is in the field, he likes to get a bird’s-eye picture of his study area. “That means I’m teetering on top of a ladder or climbing up...

SPRING 2020 | The Archaeology Of Undocumented Migration

The following is an article excerpt from the Spring 2020 Issue of American Archaeology Magazine.  Become a member to subscribe and read the full story!  By Gayle Keck Miriam lost her backpack. Her name was painted...
Hale o Keawe Heiau, a temple in the Place of Refuge, is seen in the background. Credit NPS

Summer Travel: 5 Hidden National Park Gems

Summer 2016: By Tamara Stewart. This year is the National Park Service’s centennial, and in honor of that momentous  occasion we’ve selected 5 amazing National Park Gems that feature the vestiges of fascinating and often...

The Sounds Of The Past | American Archaeology

By Tamara Jager Stewart This is an article excerpt from the Winter 2020 edition of American Archaeology Magazine. Become a member of The Archaeological Conservancy for your complimentary subscription.  Looking around, I saw that I was...

Changing Times | American Archaeology

By Julian Smith | When European explorers and missionaries began arriving in the Great Lakes region in the sixteenth century, they found groups including the Huron (also known as the Wendat) and Iroquois (also known...